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11:35 AM ET, July 24, 2008

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's Full Memo to the Troops About New Reorg  —  Here is the full memo Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sent out to the troops about the big changes in its organization, including the departure of Platforms and Services Division President Kevin Johnson, in which he addresses Apple, Yahoo, Google and more:
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft looks to ‘Mojave’ to revive Vista's image  —  REDMOND, Wash.—After months of searching for ways to defend its oft-maligned Windows operating system, Microsoft may just have found its best weapon: Vista's skeptics.  —  Spurred by an e-mail from someone deep in the marketing ranks …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft's Latest Web Stumble: Kevin Johnson Out  —  Kevin Johnson (pictured here), the point person for Microsoft's failed bid to buy Yahoo, is leaving the company to run Juniper Networks.  —  As the president of its Platforms and Services Division, the smooth Johnson has been trying …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Who Will Be Microsoft's Next Online Chief?  McAndrews?  Miller?  BoomTown?  —  BoomTown was all busy trying to think of execs to replace Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang, as pressure mounts on him to right the troubled Internet company.  —  But now, Yang's position feels safer than ever and it's …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Ballmer does Windows; Johnson joins Juniper
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Facebook Connect Matters & Why It Will Win  —  Facebook kicked off their second annual developer conference in San Francisco this afternoon with a keynote by founder & CEO Mark Zuckerberg.  The overproduced keynote, with too many words repeatedly incessantly, seemed like a lullaby sung by a nanny in a language alien to yours.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Takes The Fast Lane To Boring  —  I agree with Sam Gustin when he says that yesterday's Facebook Developer Conference in San Francisco was in the end a snoozer, but not because CEO Mark Zuckerberg failed on stage.  —  First of all, saying the event itself was sleep-inducing is just factually incorrect.
Dick / Identity 2.0:
Facebook Connect - fatal blow for OpenID?  —  At F8 today, Facebook rolled out their Facebook Connect platform.  With a small amount of code, other sites can integrate the Facebook identity system into their site.  The keynote reminded me of early days of Microsoft as they rallied developers …
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
What ‘Facebook Connect’ Means for Corporate Websites
Nigel Morris / The Independent:
Music industry to tax downloaders  —  £30 ‘licence fee’ set to revolutionise illegal file-sharing  —  Internet users could face an annual charge of up to £30 to download music, under plans to be unveiled today that aim to tackle illegal file-sharing.
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Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Should the music industry tax you to use the Web?
Discussion: A VC and WebProNews
PR Newswire:
XM and SIRIUS Confirm Discussions to Settle FCC Enforcement Matters  —  XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: XMSR - News) and SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI - News) today confirmed that the companies are in discussions with the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission …
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Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Commissioners Set To Approve XM-Sirius Deal  —  Satellite-Radio Merger Would Pass After Firms Pay $20 Million in Fines  —  WASHINGTON - A majority of commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission have reached a deal to approve Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.'s long-pending purchase of XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.
Discussion: Digital Daily and paidContent.org
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
XM, Sirius: Settling Enforcement Issues; FCC OK Nears
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and Techland
Qualcomm:
Nokia and Qualcomm Enter Into a New Agreement  —  Companies Agree to Settle All Litigation  —  Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) today announced that they have entered into a new agreement covering various standards including GSM, EDGE, CDMA, WCDMA, HSDPA, OFDM, WiMAX, LTE and other technologies.
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Apple's MobileMe Is Far Too Flawed To Be Reliable  —  People who work for large corporations are used to having their email, contacts and calendar appointments synchronized instantly among their various computers and smart phones.  But average consumers haven't had an easy way to do that.
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Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:   Meant to Sync, MobileMe Is Scattershot at the Start
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
DNS exploit code is in the wild  —  As of Wednesday, an exploit code allowing someone to attack the domain name system (DNS) was available in various places on the Internet.  —  On July 8, IOActive researcher Dan Kaminsky disclosed a flaw in the DNS but would not provide the details until …
Discussion: Zero Day and Computerworld
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Top Muffin:
3G iPhone Availability  —  DISCLAIMER: This page uses data from Apple's site that is retrieved every 15 minutes.  —  However, it does appear that Apple only updates the data every night at midnight PDT.  —  I strongly advise calling your local Apple store to check inventory before visiting said store.
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Sprint to Sell Cellphone Towers, Use Money to Pay Down Debt  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. agreed to sell nearly all its cellphone towers to a private-equity-backed firm called TowerCo in a deal that will generate about $670 million in cash for the struggling wireless carrier.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AdMob Makes Mobile Ads Suck Less.  Will Give Away One Million Dollars Worth of Ads To iPhone App Developers.  —  On the iPhone, even the ads are cool.  Mobile advertising network AdMob is launching a whole new set of customized ads for iPhone apps.  As CEO Omar Hamoui explains in the video above …
Sophos:
Hackers attack businesses, blogs and Web 2.0 sites, reveals Sophos Security Threat Report  —  Cybercrime gangs enlist the help of Blogspot, Facebook and Angelina Jolie in first half of 2008  —  IT security and control firm Sophos has published new research into the first six months of cybercrime in 2008.
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PC Pro:
Google Blogger “hosts 2% of world's malware”
Discussion: Geek.com and Pulse 2.0
Creative:
CREATIVE INTRODUCES THE UNIQUELY DESIGNED ZEN® MOZAIC MUSIC, PHOTOS AND VIDEO PLAYER WITH IMPRESSIVE BUILT-IN SPEAKER  —  Bold Design and Attractive Pricing Make ZEN® Mozaic a Must Have For an Avid Digital Lifestyle  —  Creative Technology Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
A Xobni Executive Leaves The Red-Hot Startup.  But Why?  —  Xobni, the Y Combinator email startup that turned down an acquisition offer from Microsoft earlier this year, has just lost its VP Engineering and first employee, Gabor Cselle.  Cselle joined the company in March 2007 …
Discussion: Startup Meme
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Gabor / Gabor's Blog:
A New Company  —  I am leaving Xobni in late August and starting a new company.
Discussion: Xobni
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Researchers could face legal risks for network snooping  —  A group of researchers from the University of Colorado and University of Washington could face both civil and criminal penalties for a research project in which they snooped on users of the Tor anonymous proxy network.
 
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Dan Rayburn / GigaOM:
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
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IDG News Service:
HP Folds Voodoo PC Business Unit
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
‘Spam King’ escapes from federal prison
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James Sturcke / Guardian:
£17,000 damages for victim of fake Facebook profile
Discussion: The Register
Dave / MacBlogz:
iPhone 3G going RED for the holiday season?
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The Difference Between Google Knol & Wikipedia Encyclopedia
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Chad Bray / Wall Street Journal:
Redlasso Sued Over Web Clips
Jon Healey / Bit Player:
Yahoo pulls an MSN Music (only faster)
Mike Atherton / Times of London:
Hackers start to target Apple Macs
Discussion: CrunchGear and MacUser